Net Pains

The Web is a mess, as organized as an orgy.

—David Weinberger1

One night not long ago, my son Jeffrey (then fourteen) and I watched Blade Runner on Netflix. Here we were, in the year 2011, watching a future noir classic about the year 2019 that was shot in 1982. We enjoyed the movie, but we couldn’t help marveling at its prophetic hits and misses.

In Blade Runner’s future, Los Angeles ...

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